Sargent in Venice (J.S.S. Virtual Gallery)

Sargent - Scuola di San Rocco
I recently returned from my first visit to Venice(!), dazzled and eager to revisit Sargent’s watercolors of that amazing city. I had the chance to see several of them at the Sargent show in D.C a few years ago, and I’ve admired them in books for years, but it’s different after having been there.

This is not a site devoted to Sargent in Venice (although that would make a great theme for a site). Instead, I’ve pulled some links out of the John Singer Sargent Virtual Gallery. This site is a great reference, even if it isn’t arranged as well as I would like.

Here are some links to images of the Grand Canal, some side canals, and a wonderful map of Venice, in which you can click on dots to bring up images from that spot, red for paintings by Sargent, blue for photos from the same area. This is how I found the image of Scuola di San Rocco shown above.

The link below is to a Venice overview page, but it’s still not that easy to find all of the Venice images from there.


Ryan Terry’s

Ryan Terry Flash interface
I’m not a fan of most “clever” web site interfaces because they usually sacrifice any shred of usability on the altar of coolness. Ryan Terry’s is so clever, however, that it becomes an entertainment in itself. This is one of the most fun Flash interfaces I’ve ever seen on the web. The site is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully executed, with lots of great little touches.

The interface opens in a pop-up window and is an illustration of a street corner. Some animated elements are immediately evident – a car and a dump truck drive by – and other elements only animate when you cursor over them (like the line of laundry). You can search around the image, looking for hot spots that display tool tip identifiers, or “Drop an Alien” from the upper left, each one of which will introduce you to a site section. Most of the “hot” elements are themed to their image (the mailbox is the link to email, etc.). The site sections open in another pop-up. Occasionally the paperboy will ride by and drop a paper that is a link to the “Quick Version”, a condensed portfolio in the format of a newspaper.

Ryan Terry is an interactive designer and illustrator living in Georgia. The site showcases his animation and illustration work. There is a sketchbook lying on the corner.


Van Gogh’s Drawings

Van Gogh - Cafe on Place de Forum, ArlesA few years ago I had the chance to see some of Van Gogh’s drawings at an exhibit in Philadelphia. I was stunned by how beautiful and how accomplished they were. Even though publishers tend to bypass his drawings in favor of the more popular paintings, I had seen some reproduced, but drawings suffer even more than paintings in reproduction. I didn’t realize how powerful the actual drawings were until I saw them in person.

A must-see exhibition of Van Gogh’s Drawings has just opened at the Met in NY and runs to 12/31/05. The link below is to the online gallery in the Met’s exhibit listing. The images reproduced here are not large and there aren’t very many of them, but it’s a taste.


Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm Bruce Timm is an animator, character designer and comics artist, best known for his work on Batman Adventures and the other DC Comics animated TV series. In the course of developing those shows he helped define the standards for modern television adventure/super-hero cartoons. He has also done a cool series of comic books with Paul Dini featuring Batman villains Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. He is a frequent DC Comics cover artist.

This is a link given below is to The Bruce Timm Gallery at PopCultureShock. It includes a variety of images of varying sizes and degree of finish – from quick sketches to fully rendered comic covers.


A Painting a Day (Duane Keiser)

A Painging a Day
What a great idea this is and how I wish I had the time/discipline to emulate it! Duane Keiser is a Virginia artist. In addition to his regular work he has set himself the admirable goal of painting one small painting every day. Most of them are small oil sketches (he calls them “Postcard Paintings”). He posts the paintings on this blog and offers them for sale.

The paintings, almost by necessity, are direct and painterly. His subject is usually a single object – a strawberry, a chocolate, a small jar, a streak of sunlight on the wall. The choice of subjects is fascinating in itself. Occasionally he tackles a more complex subject or a larger canvas.

There are also a couple of short Quicktime movies that fast forward through the painting process (set to jazz).